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Samira and ChantalWith just ten days to go before the 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally begins from Mombasa, Kenya, the Kenya Airways Rally Queens are eagerly anticipating taking to the start of this historic rally in their ALS supplied Porsche 911. And whilst Samira might have contested this event in 2011, this is a complete step into the unknown for codriver Chantal Young.

The girls have had a somewhat disjointed lead up to the rally. Delays in sourcing spare parts for their original Ford Escort Mk1 had put their involvement in the event in jeopardy but then Aslam and Arshad Khan of ALS (Aircraft Leasing Services) stepped in and kindly offered the Rally Queens the use of their Porsche 911. (Their generosity does not stop their as the company will also be supplying the medical helicopter for the entire rally!)

Whilst the loan of the Tuthill UK built Porsche has ensured that the girls have a car to use, the short time scale has meant that Samira will get almost no time to test the powerful 3 litre 6 cylinder engine. But considering that the 2011 event was only her third ever rally, Samira is used to enormous challenges! An equally daunting task has been raising the necessary budget required to tackle this mammoth nine day marathon across Kenya and Tanzania. With just over a week to go before the girls take to the start in Mombasa they still have a shortfall… but one thing is for sure, the girls will be there!

Samira; wow, ten days to go! Both Chantal and I are really excited. This is my second Classic Safari and I’m possibly even more excited as I know what lies ahead! It’s been a crazy few weeks and a real emotional rollercoaster. The faith shown in our team by Kenya Airways, ALS, Prince Lubcricants, Kenauto, Dalbit, Travellers Beach Lodge and so many others has been incredible. Without any of these supporters we definitely would not be doing the rally!

The 2013 East African Safari Classic Rally starts from White Sands Hotel in Nyali Beach on Thursday 21 November before contesting over 4 500 kilometres of rugged terrain across Kenya and Tanzania, facing a variety of obstacles ranging from flooded rivers to herds of elephants, and some of those most scenic views imaginable, before the weary competitors return to the Kenyan coast some nine days later for the champagne finish.

To keep up to date with Samira and Chantal’s adventures follow us on facebook (Samira Khan Rallying) and twitter (@RallyQueens)

Photo courtesy of Mayes Media

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